word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
Hear this, all of you old men, and give ear, all you inhabitants
of the land. Has this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
all of you your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and
their children another generation.
That which the palmerworm has left has the locust eaten;
and that which the locust has left has the cankerworm eaten; and that which the
cankerworm has left has the caterpillar eaten.
Awake, all of you drunkards, and weep; and wail, all you
drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
a nation has come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are
the teeth of a lion, and he has the cheek teeth of a great lion.
He has laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he has
made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.
like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
The food offering and the drink offering is cut off from
the house of the LORD; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.
The field is wasted, the land mourns; for the corn is wasted:
the new wine is dried up, the oil languishes.
Be all of you ashamed, O all of you husbandmen; wail, O
all of you vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest
of the field is perished.
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languishes; the pomegranate
tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field,
are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
Gird yourselves, and lament, all of you priests: wail, all
of you ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, all of you ministers
of my God: for the food offering and the drink offering is withheld from the house
of your God.
all of you a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants
of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the
Almighty shall it come.
Is not the food cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness
from the house of our God?
The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid
desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.
How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed,
because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.
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to you will I cry: for the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and
the flame has burned all the trees of the field.
The beasts of the field cry also unto you: for the rivers
of waters are dried up, and the fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.
all of you the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all
the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD comes, for it is
nigh at hand;
day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the
morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there has not
been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many
fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden
of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall
appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they
the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise
of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle
their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they
shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they
fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
They shall run back and forth in the city; they shall run
upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the
windows like a thief.
The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble:
the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for
he is strong that executes his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very
terrible; and who can abide it?
Therefore also now, says the LORD, turn all of you even
to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he
is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents him
of the evil.
knows if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a food
offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn
the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children,
and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go out of his chamber, and
the bride out of her closet.
Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between
the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare your people, O LORD, and give
not yours heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore
should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his
the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and
wine, and oil, and all of you shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more
make you a reproach among the heathen:
But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and
will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east
sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and
his ill savour shall come up, because he has done great things.
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will
do great things.
not afraid, all of you beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness
do spring, for the tree bears her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their
glad then, all of you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for
he has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for
you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and
the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
all of you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD
your God, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
all of you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD
your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out
my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your
old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those
days will I pour out my spirit.
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth,
blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into
blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on
the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall
be deliverance, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity
of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down
into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and
for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted
they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold
a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Yea, and what have all of you to do with me, O Tyre, and
Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will all of you render me a recompence?
and if all of you recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence
upon your own head;
Because all of you have taken my silver and my gold, and
have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem
have all of you sold unto the Grecians, that all of you might remove them far
from their border.
Behold, I will raise them out of the place where all of
you have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
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will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah,
and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD has
all of you this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all
the men of war draw near; let them come up:
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks
into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather
yourselves together round about: thither cause your mighty ones to come down,
the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will
I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
Put all of you in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come,
get you down; for the press is full, the wine-vats overflow; for their wickedness
multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley
sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the
heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people,
and the strength of the children of Israel.
So shall all of you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling
in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers
pass through her any more.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains
shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers
of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house
of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate
wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have
shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation
I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwells in Zion.